Deadly Summer On Minnesota Lakes, Rivers

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Six drownings occurred in Minnesota over the weekend, underscoring an already tragic summer on the waters.

“It’s almost been, at least during July, it’s been a perfect storm of water accidents”, said Tim Smalley, water safety expert for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

He said the extended periods of hot weather have been a major factor. The death toll is up for swimming and boating accidents.

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“We have 12 boating fatalities right now; that’s compared to two last year at this time,” Smalley said.

He said Minnesota also had “27 non-boating related drownings compared to 18 last year at this time. So, definitely some bad things are happening.”

Smalley said there’s a pattern to many of the drownings every summer: overestimating one’s ability to swim distances, failure to wear life jackets and alcohol.

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  1. Joy Austin says:

    I am a mother who lost a son in a drowning at Red Lake Falls, Mn last August. The Minnesota DNR, Sheriff’s, and Counties throughout the state need to spend time improving on laws regarding life jackets and alcohol and water activities. There are state statutes but Sheriff’s do not even seem to be aware of them. There are some statutes that only apply to one situation not as a overall state statute. We spend a lot of time and energy as a state protecting animals and eco friendly issues. I am not saying that is all a bad thing but with the loss of life with drownings, maybe we need to put more in to that issue.

    1. What a joke says:

      So your blaming the DNR/Sheriff’s and Counties for your son who was probably drinking or using drugs and probably not wearing a life jacket and drowning? Maybe YOU should of been a more responsible parent and should have taught him better!!!

      1. Joy says:

        I am a responsible parent and my son was of legal drinking age and I know what his blood level alcohol was. He was not a drug user as you indicated and I don’t know who YOU THINK YOU are to judge him when you knew nothing about him. They have huge drop off’s at this place that are not marked and buoyed and they were off their tubes doing their civic duty by picking up garbage spilled. It was strong under current and drop offs that were not marked that were more of the problem and this business, county and sheriff want to blame alcohol and poor judgement yet will do nothing about any of it because they are greedy and would rather lose lives than revenue. There are no state laws that protect anyone at a tubing operation yet we have laws for drinking and driving, drinking and boating. Wearing live jackets in boats, seat belts in cars but anyone can go down in river in a tractor inner tube with no laws to protect the client so why don’t you who thinks I am such a JOKE get off your almighty high horse. You better hope that a family member of yours never goes to any place and drowns and people say these kind of things about your loved one. YOU ARE A REAL PIECE OF WORK

        1. What a Joke says:

          Your the one complaining about everything! They are supposed to mark under current and drop offs? On what planet do you live on? Everybody knows there are drop offs in lakes so quit your complaining. Maybe your son should of had a life jacket on if he was in a lake he didn’t know very well!

  2. joy says:

    IT IS PRETTY EVIDENT TO ME THAT YOU ARE A PERSON WITHOUT ANY COMPASSION FOR LIFE AND HAVE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH PAIN. YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD AND KEEP THROWING STONES AT ME, i KNOW WHAT PLANET I AM ON. SO GLAD YOU ARE PERFECT WHICH MY SON WAS NOT, AND IF YOU ARE HUMAN YOU ARE NOT EITHER. YOU DON’T THINK I GET IT, OH I MOST CERTAINLY GET IT, AND WHAT I GET MOST IS THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU ARE WHICH IS WITHOUT HEART AND SOUL AND I FEEL MOST SORRY FOR YOU. THIS WILL BE THE LAST COMMENT I MAKE TO YOU AS LIKE I SAID BEFORE, YOU ARE A REAL PIECE OF WORK.

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